9781932361254

Travelers' Tales Japan True Stories

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    9781932361254

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    1932361251

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-07-26
  • Publisher: Travelers' Tales
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Summary

What is it about Japan that so beguiles foreigners? It is a small country and yet an economic powerhouse, a land of great natural beauty from green-cloaked mountains to glistening rice paddies a place of intricate arts and crafts and amazing cuisine, and home to a people whose kindness and sensitivity surprise westerners at each turn. It is no wonder that Japan simultaneously astonishes, delights, and frustrates travelers, and the diverse tales in this book reveal the nation in all its contradictions: a place of tranquil temples and high-tech toilets, exquisite ancient inns and lurid love hotels, where electric baths sit beside indoor ski slopes, and cherry blossoms fall on kindly grandmothers, cynical salarymen, wise monks, and wild lovers alike. Gathered in this collection are pieces by several notable authors, each offering anecdotes that tell of encounters to be had or avoided, each with uncommon insight to enrich the traveler's experience.

Table of Contents

Introduction xv
Donald W. George
Amy Greimann Carlson
Map
xviii
Part One Essence of Japan
Taiko Drumming
3(6)
Alan Booth
The Magic of Miyajima
9(13)
Donald Richie
I Feel Coke
22(5)
Pico Iyer
When the Heart Becomes Quiet
27(11)
John David Morley
Smo
38(7)
Brad Newsham
Somebody Stab Him Again
45(5)
Dave Barry
The Essence of Japan
50(7)
Donald Richie
When the Cherries Bloom
57(5)
Donald W. George
Into the Denki Furo
62(5)
Jeff Greenwald
P's And Q's and Envelope Blues
67(11)
Bruce S. Feiler
Illiteracy and the Attacking Toilet
78(5)
Kevin O'Connor
Tea with an Old Friend
83(6)
Linda Butler
Back to Izumo, Back to Springtime
89(10)
Greg Dvorak
Part Two Some Things to Do
The Great Tokyo Fish Market
99(11)
T. R. Reid
Department Store Panic
110(5)
Jim Leff
Bilingual Laughter
115(4)
Cathy N. Davidson
The Indoor Slopes of Tokyo
119(5)
Jonathan Alter
Transcendence
124(17)
Susan Orlean
Sandbath Resurrection
141(6)
James D. Houston
Of Gomi and Gaijin
147(4)
Steve Bailey
Osaka: Bumpers and Runners
151(9)
Alex Kerr
Ryoanji Reflections
160(4)
Donald W. George
The Arithmetic of Beauty
164(5)
Katherine Ashenburg
Rain Droppings
169(8)
Brad Newsham
An Alchemy of Absences
177(6)
Pico Iyer
Monster in a Ryokan
183(8)
Mary Roach
Part Three Going Your Own Way
Unforgettable
191(9)
James D. Houston
Land of Wonder, Land of Kindness
200(8)
Ray Bartlett
The Tangerine Buddha
208(10)
Michael Fessler
Grief
218(18)
Cathy N. Davidson
Dance Through the Wall of the Body
236(9)
David Mura
In Search of Beauty
245(9)
Alex Kerr
Capsule Cure
254(9)
Steven Wardell
A Yen for Cleaning
263(8)
Louise Rafkin
Love Boat, Japanese-Style
271(6)
Cleo Paskal
A Queer Night in Tokyo
277(6)
Marianne Dresser
Red Lights and Green Tea
283(11)
Bruce S. Feiler
Rice Harvest
294(10)
Leila Philip
Last Train to Takatsuki
304(27)
Michael Ward
Part Four In the Shadows
The Wa of Baseball
331(8)
Robert Whiting
Whose Hand is This?
339(4)
Amy Greimann Carlson
Every Yen's Worth
343(10)
Clayton Naff
A Thousand Cranes, A Thousand Suns
353(7)
Alan Booth
Why I Burned the Flag
360(4)
Cleo Paskal
Raw Horsemeat
364(5)
Alan Booth
Part Five The Last Word
Reflections
369(4)
Lafcadio Hearn
The Next Step
What You Need to Know
373(6)
Weather, permits, health, the works
Cultural Considerations
379(4)
Local customs
Events & holidays
Important Contacts
383(2)
Embassies & tourist offices
Activities
385(2)
Fifteen fun things to do
National parks
Additional Resources
387(2)
Japan online
Giving back
Recommended Reading 389(4)
Glossary 393(8)
Index 401(2)
Index of Contributors 403(2)
Acknowledgments 405

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